This is a faux side-scroller boss theme I wrote upon the suggestion of friend and fantastic vocal arranger Eric Hagmann. Be warned: although it’s just another chip tune, it’s a bit on the intense side compared with my usual work.
I do enjoy writing music for video games that don’t exist. I wonder what this game would look like.
Here’s a micro-tune I made for the item shop in the game that doesn’t exist. My main inspirations for this little tune were legends Keiichi Suzuki and Sue Kasper.
This was written in LMMS, and most of the instruments I used can be found in the zynaddsubfx plugin. Making silly music like this can cost next to nothing if you know where to look. Let me know if you ever want any help getting started.
This is Teasel, my second piece in the Wild Magic series. I drew them during a zoom Drink & Draw, hosted by my friend and colleague, PencilSword.
It was PencilSword’s suggestion to make their eyes that golden amber colour, and I am delighted that I took his advice. I have really enjoyed my time drawing socially online, and these animal wizards really are a treat to make. I hope you like them as much as I do!
Here’s a piece I composed over a few days in LMMS for The Game That Doesn’t Exist. This underwater level was requested by my buddy D U N C on twitter. It ended up being a bit longer than I had anticipated, but I’m happy with its atmospheric background quality.
This is Rozzberrius, my first work in the Wild Magic series. I drew him during my very first zoom Drink & Draw, hosted by the amazing PencilSword.
I am not sure if I intend on doing anything with these characters, but I am happy to have had the chance to create them. I’m not terribly experienced with Krita (the software I used), but I think the practice is helping, and I’m looking forward to doing more soon.
Hope you’re staying safe and warm out there, friends.
The ever-brilliant writer Ellis Bray sent me this haunting poem and I couldn’t help but sing it. This was haphazardly recorded on Audacity and a webcam microphone late on a Monday night, so please forgive the quality.
Here are the words.
By Ellis Bray
A ghost has gripped you from within He watches while you live He tallies each and every sin He marks how much you give.
He does not dare to damage you He cannot create pain. His callous curiosity Resists where you restrain.
That haunting, hollow subsidence You feel fill your core Can powerf’ly protect you when You’re fain to fight him more.
That harrowed heart that is your shame –Arterial and vain –It reaches and retakes your name To let you live again.
You’ve got a ghost inside your skin But do not be afraid He wants to see the world within, The life that you’ve remade.
He wants to see if you survived,If vengeance was repaid.
If you like this poem, I recommend following Ellis Bray on twitter. He’s always working on a myriad of creative projects and I’m lucky to have him as a friend and frequent creative partner.
Hi! My name is Mandikat! I imagine if you’re here, you already know me, but just in case, here’s a little introduction. I’m a composer, musician, teacher, artist, and collaborator. I grew up in Minnesota, and I moved to Scotland with my husband in 2013. I have a BMus in music theory/composition and an MA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, wherein I studied how art and music interact in the brain, and how that interaction influenced art and music history.
I’ve been making a variety of musical and artistic projects since before I can remember, and I finally decided to make a place to keep them all.
This is not a professional site, but rather a place to store all the silly things that I make for fun. Most of them would otherwise be sent to one or two people and then be discarded, so I’m happy that you’re here!
The menus will work a bit better once I have a bit of content, but they can also give you a little preview of what you can expect here once I start posting content.
I hope this brief introduction helps, and that we’ll all be really good friends in no time!